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Visiting Professor



George J. Brooke is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis Emeritus in the University of Manchester where he taught Biblical Studies and Early Judaism from 1984 until 2016. He completed his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate School, California, in 1978 under the direction of William H. Brownlee, one of the first scholars to touch the scrolls in 1948 when they were brought to the American School for Oriental Research in Jerusalem.

Since 1992 he has been a member of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s international team of editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is currently working on a revised edition of a series of manuscripts from Qumran’s Cave 4. In 1999 he was the President of the British Association for Jewish Studies. Awarded a D.D. from Oxford University in 2010, he was President for 2012 of the British Society for Old Testament Study.


He was a founding editor of the journal Dead Sea Discoveries (1993-2003) and amongst his publications are:

  • Exegesis at Qumran (1985; reprinted 2006), Temple Scroll Studies (editor, 1989), Septuagint, Scrolls and Cognate Writings (co-editor, 1992),
  • Women in the Biblical Tradition (editor, 1992), New Qumran Texts and Studies (editor, 1994), Ugarit and the Bible (co-editor, 1994),
  • The Allegro Qumran Collection (1996), The Birth of Jesus (editor, 2000), Jewish Ways of Reading the Bible (editor, 2000),
  • Narrativity in Biblical and Related Texts (co-editor, 2000), Copper Scroll Studies (co-editor, 2002), Studia Semitica (co-editor, 2005),
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament (2005), Ancient and Modern Scriptural Historiography (co-editor, 2007),
  • The Significance of Sinai (co-editor, 2008), The Mermaid and the Partridge (co-editor, 2011), The Scrolls and Biblical Traditions (co-editor, 2012),
  • Reading the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Method (2013), Goochem in Mokum—Wisdom In Amsterdam (co-editor, 2016), and On Prophets, Warriors, and Kings (co-editor, 2016).

He was an area editor for the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2000), edited the Society for Old Testament Study’s annual Book List (2000-2006), and since 1990 has co-edited the Journal of Semitic Studies.

His popular book, The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls (co-authored with Philip Davies and Phillip Callaway, 2002) has sold several thousand copies in English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian and Japanese and has been released in a revised paperback form (2011).